Lady Gaga the big winner at MTV music awards

Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:39pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lady Gaga was crowned queen of the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, winning eight prizes including video of the year.

The flamboyant pop singer tied Norwegian rock group a-ha, the big winners of 1986, as the second most honored act on a single night. British rocker Peter Gabriel set the record of nine competitive wins in 1987 for his innovative video "Sledgehammer."

Most of Lady Gaga's Moonman statuettes were for her video "Bad Romance," a futuristic clip featuring plenty of skin-baring scenes and bizarre costumes.

"I was so nervous for tonight that I would let my fans down," she tearfully said as she accepted the final award for video of the year.

The 24-year-old New Yorker, as famous for her outré fashion sense as for her musical sensibilities, led the field with 13 nominations. In each of her three trips to the stage -- the other awards were announced off-camera -- she wore a different costume, including what looked like a large black trash bag.

The only other multiple winner was eight-time nominee Eminem, who won a pair of awards for his "Not Afraid." The rapper opened the show with a medley of songs, but hastily exited the Nokia Theater before accepting his statuettes.

Taylor Swift, who received a single nomination, went home empty-handed, brushed aside by the Lady Gaga juggernaut. But the country-pop starlet provided one of the show's more provocative moments, debuting a song that recounted her on-stage controversy with Kanye West during last year's ceremony.

Teen pop idol Justin Bieber was named best new artist for his "Baby," featuring rapper Ludacris.

"I come from a little town in Canada, I never thought I'd be in this position," said the 16-year-old native of Stratford, Ontario.   Continued...

<p>Lady Gaga accepts the award for best pop video for 'Bad Romance' from 'Glee' cast members Cory Monteith (L) and Jane Lynch at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California September 12, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Blake</p>